What is diabetic retinopathy?
Diabetic retinopathy is a common eye disease associated with diabetes and is considered a leading cause of blindness in American adults. People with Type 1 diabetes are more likely to develop retinopathy than those with Type 2 diabetes.
If you have diabetes, please work closely with the Carter Eye Center diabetic retina eye doctors to monitor and treat this disease. Daily blood sugar monitoring can have a major impact on the progression of diabetic retinopathy.
What are the symptoms of diabetic retinopathy?
If you have diabetes, it is important to have regular eye exams. Although it doesn’t always have symptoms in early stages, you may experience:
- Blurred vision and distortion
- Dark areas in your vision
- Difficulty perceiving colors
- Flashes and floaters
- How is diabetic retinopathy diagnosed?
During a comprehensive eye exam, Dr. Carter will perform testing for diabetic retinopathy. Your pupils will be dilated and your vision tested for any abnormalities. If retinopathy is suspected, Dr. Carter may investigate further with diagnostic imaging that can collect images from the back of the eye.
How is diabetic retinopathy treated?
Individual treatment plans can vary depending on patient medical history, lifestyle, degree of disease development and other factors. In its earliest stages, routine monitoring is all that’s needed. If evidence of retinal damage is present, treatments can include:
- Laser coagulation
Routine eye examinations by your Carter Eye Center eye doctor is the best safeguard for maintaining good vision at any stage of life.